Levitate This

by VOLUME prod. by Dr B

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released May 22, 2012

Production, mixing, mastering - Dr. B
Lyrics, vocals, arrangements - VOLUME
Vocal recording - Michael Swain
Cover art - Chris Bliss

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Track Name: City Tarry Fails
Well it's a nightmarish landscape
mandate to eviscerate
neon hate flash back splash
down sewer grate with gas mask
eyelash burned by the spark of escape the brass tacks
wade in the rivers below
population stacks decompose
flesh from the best now at best stings the nose
underground rebel just goin' with the flow
those in the know meet me in the light
Earth core illumination soul glow
nothin's not right double dose negative
sight beyond sight toes alight
I am the Night Walker

Welcome to the deer dance, fear glance
crack a beer, loosen up you already took your chance
no romance, glanced by automatic dogmatic blast entranced
bullshit happenstance, moon shadow prance
you and I unified behind a Guy Fawkes mask and
top hat
slap-back stance hazmat tit for tat
had it up to here with the lab rat crap
first order corporation throat slash
news flash little kitty cat:
Cerberus has my back
WHOA
Underground initiative overworld overthrow
ohh

........

Run for cover
bomb blast intuition smother
please sir may I have another?
goodbye lover

Death becomes her
casket and soldier draped in wolf fur
with a pack til at least one lung burst
chainsmoke runner we ain't never gonna make it to cancer what's worse?
The civilized slaughter of innocence
by a militant government
up for offer to the highest bid
or a group of terrified kids trying to live
within a structure that ruptures the carotid?

They are the heart breakers
dream takers
but we the awakened are the
death shakin, earth quakin
liberation heartspace occupation
levitatin mindscape saviors
32, 34, 36 flavors
chromosomal capers
chew a now and later
burn official papers
I for one will rise above and climb into the Aether
evapotranspiration into vapor

Eyes glued shut for a thousand years
gummed up by countless tears
innumerable empty beer bottle fears drowned
I can hear the sound pound
on corrugated tin rooftops
rustbelt gears stop
heartbeat felt then casually dropped to the ground
Dust yourself off

Deep lung cough, irritated trees shake moss
Irrigated mass blood loss
Dug trough walk
Last time Macross transform and blast off
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
analog battle fought
animator hand caught
pencil stripped
Buddha palm
man is not lost but bought
onward onslaught
eyes cross when tees dot public squares
throw change make it hail
Mary's in the air
offer up a prayer
ensnare the coagulated masses and declare:

WE WILL NO LONGER PLACE A HAND OVER THE HEART UNTIL THE FLAME OF HUMANITY IS SPARKED
Track Name: The Adventures of Tophat and Monocle feat. Deekah Wyatt
"Heyy uhh, Hey Tophat..."

"What is it this time?"

"Y..Ya got anything ta eat?"

"Do I have anything ta...how's about a knuckle sandwich?"

"Does it have mayonnaise? Cause I hate mayonnaise..."

...........

There were once two dudes
They were sittin' just out of clear view ala Blue's Clues
Ooh
Dusty dirty gritty bad news
flickin' matches from a telephone booth
Who?
Gumshoes, bloodshot eyes hidden by
a pair of cigar plumes
You
Better hope you never ever come to know these sons of bitches like I do

One short and simple minded haiku
words few
other blast through rather than ask to move
Somethin' to prove nothin' to lose
one underside city park bench
spearmint chew, ew
Bubble lead rolls heads all the way to Timbuktu
Leave 'em stuck like glue
other trash talk pew til the talk trash you

"That didn't even make any sense"

psshhh, how rude
Bad mood with a shitty attitude
glued to the boob tube
hand in the pants lewd lube
Channel 2 feud with the fate of the
free world in the hands of these rubes
we're so screwed

..........

"I was just sayin' I'm hungry! Could use a little recharge"

"Shut ya trap and chew ya gum,
we got capers"

..........

It's the Adventuuurrrres of Tooophat and Monocle!
The Adventuuurrrres of Tooophat and Monocle!

Saving the world one crime at a time
unless there's something better to do
Any of a myriad of things
A tasty snack
An amusing show of the tele
An old wooden fence to paint
Anything really, I don't fuckin' know

..........

Sirens blare over here over there
Who cares, anyone care? I don't care
Fair is fair in a city of unfair cab fare
dag where's a comfortable chair?
Kick back
Things fall to crap
Who laughs last?
The hearing impaired
Tophat lecherously lurking
JUMP! Two apathetic dicks in the air
Monocle manufactures manicured
knuckle drag Macintosh kick to the snare
Tits and a player trump chicks in despair
what a twisted affair this pair I swear

By the son and the moon in the stars
fellas rather leave Charles in charge
act like we've come so far
but the villains are the one's livin' large

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"Is he talkin' about us? (who?)"

"Is he disparaging our names? (who are you talkin' about?")"

"I'm a Goddamn hero!"

You don't really do anything heroic

"(oh him) That's it! Knuckle up Monocle! (He seems like a nice guy)"

Look I'm just sayin' you don't really do anything...well, you kinda make things worse...

.........

It's the Adventuuurrrres of Tooophat and Monocle!
The Adventuuurrrres of Tooophat and Monocle!

Saving the world one crime at a time
unless there's something better to do
Any of a myriad of things
A tasty snack
An amusing show of the tele
An old wooden fence to paint
Anything really, I don't fuckin' know
Track Name: This Was Once a Love Song
Never knew it could be like this
called it quits then you took me by the wrist
now we're livin' in perpetual bliss
no second guess stagger
heart's all up in the mix
You're my Planeteer I wanna be your Captain
save the Earth with the sound of our laughin'
by my side holdin' mittens while I'm rappin'
back in the boat for a movie maybe action
Brace for satisfaction cat nappin'
cook your favorite meal girl
you provide the napkins
If you want you can use my shirt while I'm distracted
lips brush my arm and it hurts sooo good
I could eat you up buttercup
and my insides flutter cause I know you wish I would
How'd we get it so good? (I dunno)

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It's the big one
I can feel it in my chest
Blow an EKG up when I get a text
Next level phone call yes yes y'all
I'm all in head spins gotta lay down
Toes curl when I hear your sounds
pure poetry in motion wheel from ground to sky
shy around ya and I swear that's far from my everyday character no lie
Lost in beautiful eyes you're my sea and my sky
Wind blow, land here by the fire
can't hold a candle
hands shakin', sweat drips, thigh quakin'
Bed breakin', breath takin', back rakin'
every Goddamn muscle in our bodies achin',
love makin'
What's time? What space?
All boundaries break away, taste the day
sweet nights blur into what looks to be an incredible life
Some contrived line bout makin' you my wife
but we both know: this is deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deeper than labels
baskin' in my own modern day fable
Smile bright day glo, radiant angel
Two flames from a single soul
Love grows we been searchin' for eachother
since a day old...now we're never lettin' go
Track Name: F.E.A.R.
See if ya know ya enemies
ya know yaself
so ya sew ya lips hang ya britches on a shelf
and uh...press rewind, hesitate, step back
drag ya feet to ya dungeon lights out black
and I against I, I drop my eye
accept the lie, no question demise
and I...guess I'd wonder why
but I've wondered why and I'm tired
been burned by my internal fire
one too many times guzzle fuel now I'm dyin'
Surprise, fear's creepin' in bastardize
my heart, my mind, my sense of time
my better senses tell my light to shine
and claim what's rightfully mine
but I'm back alley broken and I can't feel my spine
Now everything blurs as I slip
into something more comfortably numb...
What the fuck have I done?!

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Life hits so hard, my God
How will I survive with these scars?
Fear grips, takes charge
Crippled by the bullshit now we're livin' on pause
Somehow, someway
Gotta push through rise up and face the day
Don't go, please stay
Cause I'm lost inside slippin' so far away

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Once upon a time I was cryin'
Last night I was crying'
Goddamn I am so sick of cryin'
but it's better than dyin' slowly
while I'm lyin' to myself holding
onto what was or what could be
Buyin' time cryogenic lonely
roaming vagabond gone ta seed
Grown then blown ta sea
I see the world and it bleeds me
Staunch the wound go back to womb or forth to tomb
"DOOM"
reads the prophesy
only thing stoppin' me is me
makin' mockery of me like
"I'm too big and my ball's too small
I'm a loser baby watch me fall"

Kill me.
Unplug me from the wall.
Can't take the voices.
Wont take the call.
Cell phone's dead. I'm goin' back to bed.
"Wake me never."
Last words he said.

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Life hits so hard, my God
How will I survive with these scars?
Fear grips, takes charge
Crippled by the bullshit now we're livin' on pause
Somehow, someway
Gotta push through rise up and face the day
Don't go, please stay
Cause I'm lost inside slippin' so far away (x3)
Track Name: Levitate This
Keep ya eye on the prize, son
war been fought many battles been won
more caught in the crosshairs
oil drum gun tongues by the ton
cut 'em out and compress lungs just for fun
Propaganda pundit plunged, come come
try and spin this one gonna get spun, stung
hypodermic furnace earned it get learned
now go ahead and tell us how it's really
being done
Pulpit to podium market the maximum impact axiom
claxon politicians wave pretty flags
while the people steady axin' em
"When you gonna get the axe so truth can go platinum?"
What have we become
when the ones that care are the ones on the run
and the parson's prayers
are replacements for wisdom?
Take a look around enough to make you wanna stare into the sun

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I can levitate this (I can levitate this)
I can levitate that (I can levitate that)
Watch me levitate this (watch me levitate this)
Watch me levitate that (watch me levitate that)
We gon' levitate this (we gon' levitate this)
We gon' levitate that (we gon' levitate that)
We gon' levitate the world (levitate the world)
I'ma levitate the track

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See the world is a vampire sent to drain
but the world herself she knows who's to blame
now enter the Ghost Rider
Head aflame, set ablaze
try to rid us of a little bit of pain
But a chain is still a chain
infamous is still fame
an' no matter how ya toss the dice
a game is still a game
how you gonna maintain and keep the cards in play
even when the definition of sane is insane?

Freeze frame
Pause, take a look
Rewind now reference the hook
So heavy and it's only gettin' worse
Youngin's in a row yellin' "me first"
so childish so vile this stylus
spread virus to papyrus snap ya eyelids
wide open
optics smokin'
hash it out, flash fire, now who's chokin'?

Roped in, we've all been roped in
Taught from birth there's nothin' left to hope in
pile lies 'til we're bent and broken
sweat to pay the rent and keep our kids in clothin'
better represent your kin and dig your toes in
but the price of isolation is a soul that's frozen
The strong survive?
Well, that's an antiquated notion
Y'all don't even know what real strength is!

.......


I can levitate this (I can levitate this)
I can levitate that (I can levitate that)
Watch me levitate this (watch me levitate this)
Watch me levitate that (watch me levitate that)
We gon' levitate this (we gon' levitate this)
We gon' levitate that (we gon' levitate that)
We gon' levitate the world (levitate the world)
I'ma levitate the track (x2)
Track Name: Just Be feat. Deekah Wyatt
Just wanna (just you, just live, just be)
I just wanna (just you, just live, just be)
Just wanna be, just wanna be
Just wanna be

.......

Beautiful daytime lays a haze
amazed that it's taken so much, so little time
Particulates sparkle in the sun
vampiric leaching of time we arrive
Time to go and stay
meeting on a rainbow of
serendipity-doo-dah boom ba yay
peace escalate, may we all pray to eachother
reflections of our Earth mother
and Heaven is here and now father
Why bother with less than
all that I am, you are, we are?
Just be
Ripe to eat: the apple tree lives, dies, lives again
an infinite loop of ruby red delectability
picket fences splashed with pantone madness
Bliss is in this, this manual all around us
Ikea assembly required life
Betrothed I do take thee lover, fellow lover
and dance in this light...

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Kick your feet up, just chill
Listen: So fast, we all move so fast
Lay back, open your eyes, your ears, your mind
In grassy meadow wisdom whispers "take my hand"
and Love would have your other
Love would have your other
Just be...just be

........

Into the realm of infinite potentiality
we quantum leap
From sheer painted rock face into
swirling eddies and undertow I know:
There is so much more
and it is all stored right in here:
This chest box hollow echo telegraph
messages of love decoded
and carved into park benches everywhere
Grand canyons of miniscule scale
seen only as the runner stops to tie a shoe
Why bother with less than I am, you are, we are?
Just be, ripe to eat
the apple tree lives, dies, lives again
an infinite loop of ruby red delectability
Chill...lay back...decompress we all move so fast
Electric stop signs blink from on high
close your eyes, your ears, open your mind
maybe it's been in us all along
As the lotus may we all unfold
Peace was in us all along
Peace was in us all along
Just be
Track Name: Level Up
Level Up! Increase the disk speed, digital line feed, transcribed from loose leaf

Level Up! Boost to the MP, voluminous and plenty, crank it like a ten speed

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Mind pattern the rhyme scattered reorganized in time Hatter the Mad splatter of brain matter redefine chatter and climb ladder the sign reached, achieve the peace, believe - release, please crease and unfold

Flatter than 17th century planetary models, origami gunsmoke / Lungs of gold alchemical pull / Internal ocean HOOO, stop this NO!

*Scratchy scratchy*

I flow transmutational primal, mind hybrid zygote, flyer than levitational dust mote, recreational float, 5 fingers of death stroke, sith choke, wrist broke, social poke to the throat, provoke quote:

"The cosmos is all that it ever is and ever was and ever will be" - Carl Sagan

Unquote

Go for broke, rise from ashes, master classes, backspin tactics, rap delights, flashkicks / A breath of fresh air for the auditory asthmatics / Break the habit, chase the white rabit

Steady, slow to the terrapin burst break through red tape dispurse the suburbanite wordsmith curse I flirt with diaphragm hurts rhyme first...nurse when aftermath hits / Mischief manuscripts ain't no lunar landin' myth must be sniffin' space dust / Echoing eternity whisperin' "wake up" / Push through the sidewalk lung petal thrust / Diagram rhyme justice, I bust this, tilt axis with adrenaline rush!

*Scratchity scratchy*

Now move, soul flower groove, sho improve, third eye drops for the soothe / Super Sleuth sharp tooth, land of the photo booth, pictures of me and you, mustache and frames without lenses disguise / Eye on the prize captivated by lies the size of Sizemore thighs / Retina fried and I will do my best to hold off on the I told you so sew threads then kick it / Pushed to the limit this is serious business, no room for childish Christmas wishes GROW UP / Tore up from the floor upside down k-kick in fishnets wand out

Riddikulus stalled Odysseus from reaching Ithaca Icarus get me out of here this is madness appropriated from dark ages, so tragic, break the habit, chase the white rabbit / Sage hits mage witness face-lift / Zoroastrian clavicle slap reverberate through time and space / Abstract elaborate matchstick equestrian castle invasion piss equate to:

Who the fuck needs to have a personal blacksmith? Cried so many tears over the fears I am passed this. Corporations don't give a fuck about your asses / Jurassic tyrannosaurus problematic masturbation fascists SO:

I propose that you stop what you are doing and bla bla bla bla bla bla bla

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Level Up! Increase the disk speed, digital line feed, transcribed from looseleaf

Level Up! Boost to the MP, voluminous and plenty, crank it like a ten speed

Level Up! Hit the basic function, blood starts pumpin', I bleed art

Level Up! Hit you with the meteor, push limit break and illuminate dark

Level Up! Here's to the people unified and equal, inner soul spark

Level Up! Foolishness and wisdom, both sides of the brain from the same heart